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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: JMU has wonderful health facilities. The main health center is in the SSC and is on campus. It's very easy to make appointments and the staff is extremely helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people go to football games, but that's about it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses in Harrisonburg are adorable. There are a few great apartment complexes like Campus View and North 38. The other apartment and condos are average and priced reasonably. I've heard it's better to live in a place with a landlord rather than an apartment company.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always parties going on and easy to find. Guys, do not even bother trying to get into frat parties unless you are in the frat.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the restaurants surrounding the campus. There's a variety of American and ethnic food and they all provide a great college atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness in the dorms depends on the RA you have. With regards to school policies, they are very lenient

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: JMU offers a lot of variety when it comes to food and there are a lot of options to choose from. As a vegetarian, I always found plenty of healthy meals to eat. The campus also offers vegan, gluten free, halal, and kosher meals.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: While I still live on campus, I am planning on living off-campus Junior year. There are dozens of apartment complexes that are available and all complexes have buses that run frequently. There are no complaints for parking and, for the most part all apartments are high-quality. The office of residence life will help find an apartment and will help with the process.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on and you can always find a party. Most parties take place on Main Street, but the best parties are in apartments. The party scene helps create the social atmosphere around JMU, but can be dangerous. Recently a fellow JMU student died after a night at a Frat party, so while they are fun, there are still risks.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because of the great on-campus dining options, I rarely venture off campus for dining. When I do, its usually chain restaurants because local restaurants are harder to get to from campus. Some off-campus places take flex, so it's more convenient to pay for. There is little variety, but I know that Jack Brown's is a very popular off-campus restaurant.

4 College Freshman

Administration: JMU is a party school, but the campus still is strict on certain policies. All professors have attendance policies where if you miss a number of classes, it affects your grade. Students are penalized for underage drinking and drug use and 3 instances of that result in expulsion from campus. Honor code violations are taken seriously as well. The only policy I would say that is not taken seriously is the visitation in dorms. As long as there are no complaints, the resident advisors will let residents have total control over dorm visitors.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid but did not receive any. The tuition is still affordable and I can still go to school. I have been applying for scholarships outside of school so financial aid is still a process I'm going through.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is amazing. It is rated #2 in the country for a reason. There are so many options of where to eat and what to eat. All dining halls are clean and efficient. The meal plans are perfect because there was never a moment where I didn't have money to eat. The meal plans are flexible and work great with student schedules.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. The dorms are close to classrooms and dining areas. Some dorms are older than others and do not have air conditioning or amenities such as that, but all dorms are good quality and are very livable. The social atmosphere is very big at JMU. Students are encouraged to socialize with hallmates, classmates, and club organizations. The cost is average for a university and is not too much. If you want housing on campus it is pretty much guaranteed.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health center isn't all that helpful

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on campus provides a great sense of community among the students. It lets new incoming freshmen become accustomed to building relationships with one another. The proximity to classes on campus make it convenient to arrive to classes on time. The best dorm on the JMU campus, in my opinion, is Skyline because it is one of the newest dorms on the campus. Although it is not located in the dead center of the campus, it is still very close to most of my classes. The longest walk to my class is approximately 10 minutes! The cost of attending the university is the one of the best-valued in the state of Virginia. Although, as a freshmen it is initially nerve-wracking to enter a new atmosphere with new people, JMU's campus is one of the most adaptable and friendly I have ever witnessed.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We have a lot of options when it comes to off campus housing. The cost for a lot of the apartments are a little higher than I would like to pay, but they aren't too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I still live on campus so I don't really venture off that much, however, the variety is great and the quality is great as well.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't really party very much and when I do it is with close friends and not a very crowded place. All of the parties that I have been to have been safe and I have enjoyed.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The school tries to do the best they can to make the JMU experience the best is can be for its students. I support our policies.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The only financial aid I am receiving from the school are loans. I have both a subsidized and unsubsidized loan and my mom took out a parent plus loan. I wish I would have received more because my dad doesn't hold a steady job and my mom doesn't make very much, but she makes just enough to where we don't qualify as poor. With my parents paying for both my brother and I being away in college and my sisters college debt, we're struggling to make it through. I have to pick up the loans so that they won't be in so much debt. I only received one scholarship from an outside source from the many that I applied for and compared to the cost of school tuition alone, the scholarship I received hardly makes a difference.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love the variety of food we can get at school. Grilled cheese Thursdays are the best, I look forward to it every week. They're all very clean, I never really have any issues with our dining.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall, living on campus has been great. I am close to everything I need. I can roll out of bed and immediately go to class without having to worry about parking. I am close to the library and we have an outstanding gym.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Meh, it's normal things you would find in your hometown. Not very exciting for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had any bad experiences, but I know they're strict on drugs in dorms from what I've heard.

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JMU offers a strong community, with students displaying an overwhelming amount of pride. You'll find you will love this school simply because every other student carries that same love. This sense of spirit is infectious. Harrisonburg has been named the "friendly city" by students, faculty, parents, and townfolk, and it’s no surprise why. Each year offers unique experiences that keep you coming back for more. JMU might not be charmed with the best football team in college history, but with the overwhelming amount of pride and zeal displayed at each game, it seems the perfect team for a enthusiastic school.

One pitfall might be the lack of nearby attractions or activities to enjoy on a weekend night. This can result in a many people resorting to parties as their means of entertainment. While Harrisonburg is by no means urbanized, you'll find some of your best memories on the nights you spend with your peers. Whichever friend group you click into, you'll find a little piece of yourself on this campus.

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